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-arto (cŏarcto ), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a.,
I.to press together, compress, contract, confine (opp. laxo, dilato, etc.; class.).
I. Prop.: “faenum in struem,Col. 2, 19, 2; 8, 7, 2: “alveum Tiberis (opp. laxo),Suet. Aug. 30: “angustae fauces coartant iter,Liv. 28, 5, 8; so id. 33, 6, 7: “viam,Dig. 43, 8, 2: “forum,Tac. Or. 39; Front. Aquaed. 35: os et fauces sudario, to strangle one's self, Val. Max. 9, 12, 7 al.: “Gnaeus in oppidis coartatus,Cic. Att. 7, 10 med.: “in terra,Vulg. Exod. 14, 3.—
II. Trop.
C. ( = cogo.) To compel, constrain: aliquem ad solutionem debiti, Cod. Th. 2, 29, 2; Dig. 18, 1, 57; cf.: “coarctor e duobus,pressed, urged, Vulg. Phil. 1, 23.
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